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A Hawksbill Sea Turtle, Eretmochelys imbricata, foreground, and a Loggerhead Sea Turtle, Caretta caretta, background, swim side by side on a coral reef offshore Jupiter, Florida, United States by Michael Patrick O’Neill




You too can be an EARWAX HERO™ if you watch this video.

Before you reach for the Q-tips and try to reduce your earwax to zero, learn why you’re actually messing with an earwax hero, a bacterial street fighter patrolling the nooks and crannies of your ears.

*A word of caution: This Stuff to Blow Your Mind video is not for the squeamish!*

Um ew


Great White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias) photographed in Guadalupe Island, Mexico. Located in the Eastern Pacific offshore Baja, Guadalupe attracts white sharks from approximately June through December. Males are first to arrive, followed later in the year by females by Michael Patrick O’Neill


August 1, 1944:  Anne Frank Writes Her Final Diary Entry
On this day in 1944, Jewish victim of the Holocaust, Anne Frank, wrote her final diary entry.  In it, she wrote, “[I] keep on trying to find a way of becoming what I would like to be, and what I could be, if…there weren’t any other people living in the world.” Her diary, later published under the title, Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, detailed the two years that she and her family spent in hiding.
Three days after this entry, Anne and her family were arrested by the Gestapo, the German police. She was eventually placed in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, where she was killed by typhus at age 15.
Explore Frank’s writing in the Masterpiece film inspired by Frank’s life, The Diary of Anne Frank.
Photo: Anne’s diary on display at the Anne Frank Zentrum in Berlin, Germany. Wikimedia Commons

Important People of Medicine: Virginia Apgar
If you’ve ever had, or been around a baby that was born in a hospital, Dr. Apgar’s name probably sounds familiar. An anesthesiologist and teratologist (one who studies abnormalities of physical development), Virginia Apgar is most well-known for the "Apgar score" - a rating given to infants at 1 and 5 minutes after birth, which is often a determining factor in whether or not the baby needs to remain in the hospital after birth.
Dr. Apgar was the first female doctor to receive professorship at Columbia University medical school, and her work in teratology during the rubella pandemic of 1964-65 led to her outspoken advocacy for universal vaccination against that disease. Though it’s often mild and annoying above all else in healthy people, when pregnant women contract rubella (also known as German measles), the rate of deformity and disability of their children skyrockets. It can even cause miscarriage.
Virginia Apgar also promoted universal Rh-testing among pregnant women. This test shows whether a woman has a different Rh blood type than her fetus, because if she does, she can develop antibodies that can cross the placenta and destroy fetal blood cells. This can cause fetal hydrops and high levels of neonatal mortality, but can be prevented by administering anti-RhD IgG injections to the mother during pregnancy, so that she does not develop a sensitivity (and subsequent antibodies) to her baby’s blood type.
Though Dr. Apgar never married or had children of her own, she saved the lives of countless babies and streamlined many medical considerations of neonatal care, resulting in more effective medical treatment. She studied and promoted the prevention of premature births and causes of fetal deformity. She worked for March of Dimes and taught thousands of students. Her influence in the obstetrics and neonatology fields cannot be overstated.

Hubble Watches Super Star Create Holiday Light Show by NASA Goddard Photo and Video

Green Sea Turtle by Peter Liu Photography on Flickr.

Loooove sea turtles!